Williamstown Tunnel began shipping coal from Northern Dauphin County in 1866 and became the most prosperous coal mine in the state.
"None can tell what a busy scene will be presented near these mines."
As the Cold War heated up in the winter of 1951, the citizens of Hazleton, Pennsylvania had a radical idea to save themselves from nuclear war.
Industrialist Henry Thomas worked with infamous Pennsylvania politicians to develop the coal trade in Williams Valley during the Civil War.
The Upper Dauphin Register describes the booming coal business in Wiconisco Township and predicts a bright future for its "inexhaustible mines."
The accidental explosion in Bear Valley, in Schuylkill County, could be heard as far away as Harrisburg.
As the Civil War raged, the village of Williamstown began growing on the slopes of Big Lick Mountain in upper Dauphin County.